POSTED March 30 2012

Jessica Pare, the Prequel

Jessica Pare sings "Zou Bisou Bisou"

Had to laugh at some reports about Jessica Pare, the Canadian bombshell who plays Megan,  Mrs. Don Draper on Mad Men, that described the sultry brunette as producer Matthew Weiner’s “discovery.” She seems to have struck a collective nerve with her interpretation of   “Zou Bisou Bisou,” the kittenish yeye song, on the opening episode of the series’ fifth season.

In fact Pare has been knocking around North American film and television for more than decade — to maximum emotional impact in Canadian indies such as Denys Arcand’s Stardom and Lea Pool’s Lost and Delirious if only minimally decorative when she ventured south of the 49th Parallel to appear in Wicker Park, Hot Tub Time Machine and the TV show Jack & Bobby, in which she co-starred with Mad Men‘s John Slattery.

With her faraway eyes, somnambulant expression and cadenced English (born in Montreal, she is bilingual) Pare has a time-traveler’s affect, with makes her ideally suited to play Mad Men’s 1960s sex kitten perhaps concealing a tigress ambition. I was very struck by her performance in Stardom, a millennial version of Darling, as a Quebec hockey player who becomes an international supermodel (and, if memory serves, marries tycoon Dan Aykroyd on her way up). And I was very moved by her turn  in Lost and Delirious, a Sapphic melodrama, as a boarding school beauty in love with roommate Piper Perabo but who doesn’t want to be thought of as a lesbian. Definirely rent or download these movies.

I hope Mad Men gives Pare as broad an acting canvas as she enjoyed in Canadian features.  Any thoughts about her as an actress?




  1. Horse Badorties says:

    Thanks for the research on her..she certainly says loud and clear, “I am the “60s. Live with it.” Interesting what she will do with the role, if they let her. Gotta go do my research. Canada strikes agin.

  2. wwolfe says:

    I thought I was the only person who’d seen “Stardom,” a movie I admired for its deadpan take on the corrosions of celebrity. It reminded me of Nik Cohn’s great line about Elvis Presley’s career: “It’s what happens when you put sexy little boys into the sausage machine.” Sadly, I suspect there’s about a thousand percent chance that the scripts for Mad men will be infinitely better than any role she gets offered in an American movie, all of whom might as well be written by the buffoonish artist who works with Peggy.

  3. Stefan Blitz says:

    I saw her in STARDOM and have continued to seek out her work. She’s great in LOST AND DELIRIOUS and took some time off for college apparently.

    She also had a memorable (albeit nude) scene in HOT TUB TIME MACHINE.

    For an overnight sensation, she’s been kicking around for a bit.

  4. Gregg Juarez says:

    Very pretty , if she goes I go

  5. Roni Dinkel says:

    Aykroyd gained fame on the American late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live, where he was a writer and the youngest cast member for its first four seasons, from 1975 to 1979. Aykroyd brought a unique sensibility to the show, combining youth, unusual interests, talent as an impersonator and an almost lunatic intensity. Guest host Eric Idle, of Monty Python, said that Aykroyd’s ability to write and act out characters flawlessly made him the only member of the SNL cast capable of being a Python.”

    Kind regards

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